Wimbledon increases prize pot and begin sustainability project for 2018

Plastic straws are being banned at Wimbledon

Plastic straws are being banned at Wimbledon

Organisers of the oldest grand slam tournament revealed a prize fund of 34 million pounds ($46.57 million) for the 2018 championships, up 7.6 percent from past year. In the last decade the Wimbledon prize money has nearly trebled, from $16.4 million in 2008 to more than $46 this year.

The victor of men's and women's singles draws will take a $3,08 million cheque each (in 2017 it was $3.01m.).

A number of first-round withdrawals at last year's championship led to a desire for a new rule to be set in place, with the "50:50" system to be used this year.

Wimbledon officials warned players on Tuesday they face losing prize money if they withdraw after competing with an existing injury and are not perceived to have given maximum effort.

An injured player's replacement would take the other 50% of the prize money.

Wimbledon bosses are to discuss whether Serena Williams will be seeded for the grasscourt Grand Slam event in July.

This year's championships mark the 150th anniversary of the club, 50 years of Open tennis and 125 years of the women's singles championships. "It is a fundamental matter of philosophy for Wimbledon that tennis is a gladiatorial sport".

The problems stem from too many players in the lower reaches, such as the Futures and Challenger circuits, not earning enough to make a living, coupled with the rise of online betting.

"We totally disagree that coaching should be allowed and feel very strongly indeed that coaching in tournament play is wrong", he said.

'We have made an offer for the early surrender of the lease, that offer is being considered by the golf club's board, ' said chairman Philip Brook.

"I would agree with the IRP suggestion".

"It shows a clear commitment to do what we can for players who needs our help the most", he said. The discussions we've had with the ITF, we are not a million miles apart (on what level should be recognised as professional).

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